“a representation of the natural cave of the same name situated on an uninhabited island, Staffa, in the Outer Hebrides”
The cave is famous for its natural acoustics and unique structure of basalt columns, which surround it with myth and legend.
The cave itself has been an inspiration to artists, writers and musicians for many years. The cave’s size and arched roof produce eerie sounds with the echoes of waves giving it the atmosphere of a cathedral. Its Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means ‘the melodious cave’.
Katrin Sigurðardóttir creates diverse sculptures and installations that are based on a strong conceptual foundation. For her show at Parasol unit Sigurðardóttir created 'Supra Terram', a large and ambitious cavernous structure that extended through the ceiling of the ground-floor gallery into the one above. The ceiling/floor between the foundation’s lower and upper galleries appeared to slice horizontally through the sculpture.
Although influenced by the artist’s fascination with folly architecture, the work itself is inspired by Sigurðardóttir’s interest in the dichotomies of perception.